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Port St. Lucie woman, 29, nationally recognized for building regional home health-care company

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PORT ST. LUCIE

Sarah Pizarro needed little time to think when she was laid off four years ago from her job administrating a home health care service.

Richard Graulich

‘Being young and being able to put this together, it wasn’t easy,’ says Sarah Pizarro of starting Ability Home Care. The 45-person company serves clients across the Treasure Coast and in Palm Beach County and has been recognized as one of the top 100 companies started by a person under 30.

She decided to start her own company — Ability Home Care, a business that refers nurses, nursing assistants and other caregivers to patients in need of services at home.

Today, Pizarro’s company has a staff of 45 and serves clients across the Treasure Coast and in Palm Beach County.

“I enjoy the freedom of being an entrepreneur,” said Pizarro, 29. “I enjoy being able to provide jobs for people. And I enjoy having some control over the quality of care that the elder community receives in our area.”

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Sarah Pizarro, 29

PORT ST. LUCIE — Sarah Pizarro needed little time to think when she was laid off four years ago from her job administrating a home health care service.

She decided to start her own company — Ability Home Care, a business that refers nurses, nursing assistants and other caregivers to patients in need of services at home.

Port St. Lucie woman, 29, nationally recognized for building regional home health-care company photo
Richard Graulich
‘Being young and being able to put this together, it wasn’t easy,’ says Sarah Pizarro of starting Ability Home Care. The 45-person company serves clients across the Treasure Coast and in Palm Beach County and has been recognized as one of the top 100 companies started by a person under 30.
Today, Pizarro’s company has a staff of 45 and serves clients across the Treasure Coast and in Palm Beach County.

“I enjoy the freedom of being an entrepreneur,” said Pizarro, 29. “I enjoy being able to provide jobs for people. And I enjoy having some control over the quality of care that the elder community receives in our area.”

Pizarro, who grew up in Wellington and now resides in Port St. Lucie with her son, was recognized recently as one of the nation’s top young entrepreneurs. Her company was selected to this year’s Empact 100 list, a national ranking which recognizes entrepreneurs under the age of 30. She was invited to — but could not attend — a Sept. 28 ceremony at the White House, but she was appreciative of the honor.

“It meant a lot to be able to be recognized for the work that I’ve put in,” she said. “Being young and being able to put this together, it wasn’t easy.”

Pizarro recalls a time during the company’s inception that she did not take a paycheck, and when she was also enrolled as a student at Indian River State College. She completed her studies there in 2010 in the bachelor’s degree program in organizational management.

“It was pretty challenging at first,” Pizarro said. “It was all work and no break. I woke up and I was working and I was also in school full time, so a lot of the projects I did in school I would try to use my business as the model.”

Pizarro said she owned a company a few years ago that provided home physical therapy and massage therapy for the developmentally disabled patients. A cut in state funding in programs that served those patients forced her to close the business.

But Pizarro said she drew upon that experience as well her administrative experience with the home health service provider as she started her new company.

“I knew that I was capable of doing it,” she said.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?

“I like to do yoga. I like to exercise. I like to participate in charity events and I like to cook.”

What has been your biggest accomplishment?

“It would definitely be finding success with my business, and becoming a mom as well.”

What has been your biggest challenge?

“Doing everything that same time. Being a mom and doing school and starting a business.”

What’s best advice that you’ve been given?

“Not to lose sight on why I’m doing what I’m doing. To not get so wrapped up in becoming successful that you don’t enjoy life.”

What’s one thing people don’t know about you that might surprise them?

“I’ll try any food at least once. I tried escargot the other day.”

What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

“The 4-hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris.”

If you could switch jobs with anyone, who would it be?

“I don’t think I would switch jobs. I absolutely love the way that I have it.”

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